Posts by Dr Venelina Koleva


Ruth Dunn ACCE DTP Placement blog by Ruth Dunn This weekend Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, opened the doors to its new 1,400 sq. m Te Taiao | Nature exhibition. The exhibition is an exciting showcase of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique biodiversity, Māori connections with nature and the current environmental challenges that the country faces. I was fortunate enough to pause my PhD research, stuff a backpack full of a strange...

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The PhD journey: a personal perspective by ACCE PhD student – Alexander Askew Alex Askew Doing a PhD is often likened to a journey. There are many challenges on that journey and everyone embarking on a PhD may find the future rather intimidating. These are my personal reflections on the last four years as an ACCE PhD student. Hopefully, they may be of some interest or use to my peers and colleagues.First, some context. I...

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Iridescent colour in the butterfly Heliconius erato Author:  Mel Brien, ACCE PhD student at APS, Sheffield. Structural colours are some of the brightest, most reflective colours in nature. They have different functions including visual communication, mate choice and thermoregulation. In contrast to many other colours which are produced by chemical pigments, structural colours are produced from physical nanostructures which reflect...

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  blog by Adam Fisher, ACCE DTP student at the University of Liverpool ‘I would recommend doing a research internship to anyone who has the opportunity and wants to diversify their academic experience’ Background I started my PhD at the University of Liverpool in October 2015, studying the population-level effects of different mating behaviours in predatory invertebrates. So far, I have used a mixture of lab work and...

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Good news… for a change. Listen here ACCE student Rebecca Senior’s interview for BBC   written by Rebecca Senior After attending the ACCE media training course in 2016, I was keen to have a go at some media engagement. I think it’s important that scientists are able and willing to communicate their research to a lay audience, so as soon as my paper was accepted I drafted a press release and got in touch with the fantastic...

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